Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century
ISBN10: 0691047839 ISBN13: 9780691047836 Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr Published: Jan 1 1992 Pages: 296 Weight: 1.40lbs. Height: 9.75" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
In a compelling inquiry into public events ranging from the building of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial through ethnic community fairs to pioneer celebrations, John Bodnar explores the stories, ideas, and symbols behind American commemorations over the last century. Such forms of historical consciousness, he argues, do not necessarily preserve the past but rather address serious political matters in the present.